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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2017, 05:41:35 pm »
Hydraulics.

I started out with a manual mill. The first time I turned a big log just by pulling a lever I nearly split my face in have from grinning so hard.   ;D
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Now all I have to worry about are my fingers maybe getting a crampy from moving the little levers back and forth.  Oh well, I guess I can live with it. ;D
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2017, 06:27:28 pm »
That is some difference from splitting your face in half trying to turn it with a peavy.  :laugh:
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2017, 06:51:14 pm »
I'm trying to see this in my minds eye, hooking the peavy in your left ear and splitting your face in half while trying to turn it to the right useing said peavy.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2017, 09:57:35 pm »
I saw a guy on the face place splitting a biggun with black powder and it came out pretty neat...If you like blowing things up, you could combine that with sawing and make it just one big ole party
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2017, 06:42:12 am »
Seen it too.  Pockets for powder made by plunge chainsaw cut and fire in the hole :)

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2017, 08:56:03 am »
My problem with the few bigger logs that I saw is that my mind thinks I'm still 20 and my body says otherwise. :D
I had surgery on my right shoulder last march and they cut half of my bicep loose, then I didn't take the 3 months off like advised. OOPS!
I would probably slow down some more, but have 1 order for a minimum of 1,000 lb of burls and another for a truckload, both return customers. What's a guy to do? ;D

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2017, 11:55:01 am »
Hydraulics.

I started out with a manual mill. The first time I turned a big log just by pulling a lever I nearly split my face in have from grinning so hard.   ;D
         ME TO I'M STILL GRINNING  D

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2017, 06:06:13 pm »
  I swore never to do oversized logs again. But I seem to do them anyway ??? ???

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2017, 06:39:33 pm »
 I don't do big ones anymore, leave those to the next generation that beleive they have something to prove...  ;)
 
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2017, 07:41:48 pm »
I sell my big ones keep 12-20in. But I log alot more than I mill. So I can be picky. Though I've done more than my fair share of trim, turn trim, turn repeat till I say never again in plain english. ;D
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2017, 09:55:19 pm »
If I do agree to oversized logs I inform the customer right up front the price of milling just went up ! ALLOT!
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2017, 11:08:08 pm »
My wife and I were having this discussion about big logs/timbers and beams.  I told her that I charge 15% more per bf on anything thicker than 3" unless the customer does the off bearing. Big logs ok, I have hydraulics. So she says, but isn't there more board feet in a thick piece so you already get more per board sawn. And I said yes, but it's a portable sawmill service not a portable forklift service. And there comes a point when I'm not going to work that hard no matter how much I get paid.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2017, 11:45:59 pm »
I am not portable and I have a forklift. I still charge more for thicker than 1.5'' and longer than 12'. Handling them long and thick boards/ slabs is a lot more work for us, as every piece of scrap and slab has to be cut down to go out the door. Many times we load long lumber back on a customers trailer inside.
It should pay more since it is more work.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2017, 07:23:07 am »
Having a manual mill myself, I had enough of them big boys. I will never take on another log over 26". Even with a 580 backhoe, it's not going to happen. DanG shame I have two SYP logs that are around 35" on the small ends that I'm not brave enough to tackle. Got them off the ground, debarked, so just maybe one day I will saw them. :D

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2017, 10:14:26 am »
Ya got any friends nearby that are big fellers and will work for dinner?  If I were not so far away I'd come help you out just to see those logs and how you wrangle them.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2017, 10:22:33 am »
Most of our commercial sawmills now have a 30" limit on SYP, and I got word this week that they will be dropping that to 26".  It's all about the economics of profitable sawing.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2017, 12:16:00 pm »
I wouldn't consider a 26" incher to be a big log, but it still has quite a bit of lumber in it. I've cut a few Pondarosa logs that size into 1x12" for board and bat siding. It takes a good number of passes to get it all cut up.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2017, 12:23:24 pm »
Common saying that if you have a swing mill you smile when you see big logs.    :D

More like this....... :-\ :snowball: :-\ :snowball: go_away
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2017, 12:39:41 pm »
Had a white oak blow over on my farm. My dad pulled it to the house for firewood. Cut out log from trunk that measured 38" and was straight. Decided I would cut into full 2x6 for a doc floor. Farmer came to load hay and sat on mill for me. Says on mill EZ boardwalk 40. Easy part was over as soon as farmer left with big tractor/laoder. Took first few cuts off and was smiling from mill doing so nice. Then the fun started. Ended up with 2 pry bars, bottle jack, highlift jack, and floor jack under mill along with a few dozen block. 45 minutes later, my son and I had turned log 90 deg. for next cut. My son looked at me and said, you take alot of slabs off of that log, before we try that again. :D
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« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2017, 02:51:19 pm »
That boy got smarts.

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